Don Carlos Bodega Historica

Don Carlos Bodega Historica

Don Carlos Bodega Historica
4.5
Wineries & Vineyards
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10:30 AM - 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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The historic Don Carlos winery is an underground cellar from the 15th century located in the center of Aranda de Duero. They offer guided tours where they explain everything about this type of wineries. It is also a wine shop, with a large selection of wines from Ribera del Duero (small producers, Vega Sicilia, Pingus ...) They also offer a commented wine tasting. The winery is open for visits from Monday to Saturday: from 11 PM to 2 PM and from 5 PM to 8 PM. Private visits and other activities can be arranged upon request from Monday to Sunday. Aranda is the largest city in the wine region of Ribera del Duero, and is famous for its wines, roast lamb and its underground cellars. Most of them are privately owned and are not open to the public. The Don Carlos winery is an exception, it was restored by its owners and open to the public so that everyone can enjoy this particular construction so popular in Ribera's wine history. During the visit you will feel that you are in the past
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CesarSarz
Caracas1,264 contributions
Interesting visiting this winery, seeing how the wine was made. We had the visit plus 1 wine taste. Well equipes shop, excellent place to find some history of wines on Aranda de Duero and enjoying beautiful scenery.
Written July 2, 2022
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Serge L
241 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We hay a visit of the subterrebean "Bodega Don Carlos" followed by a degustation of 4 usuales wines with a ver knowleagable oenologue.
Ver interesting experience
Written June 14, 2022
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dmax808
Tajiri-cho, Japan35 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
This review is for the wine retail, NOT the cellar tour. We did go to the cellar tour and upon leaving asked about retail sales. They took me to a cellar behind a hidden door with a thumbprint reader to get in which was very cool.

There were certainly some amazing wines in there and we wanted to have a few special bottles shipped home. We went with their recommendations but since we were on a tour of Ribera we had little time to research the recommended wines. My wife just said get it and let’s go. Something I will never do in the again. It turned out we were either overcharged or their prices are just outrageous. They charged me $390 for a 2012 Vina Sastre Pesus. Turns out I could get this for under $300 elsewhere in Spain and even in the U.S. Worse they charged me $280 for a 2011 Aalto Ps which avg mkt price is not even half. Luckily I swapped that one out for something with a fairer price. The other wines were also about 35% over avg market prices but thank goodness they weren’t nearly as expensive bottles.

Just as bad as their pricing was their communication. Upon purchase they said they would send an email confirmation of the purchase with shipping details. A week went by without any confirmation so I send an email to their general mailbox to request an update as well as a call courtesy of our hotel’s conceirge and still no response for 2 more days. I was just about to attempt to cancel the order when they responded and since it was such a hassle already I just kept the order in place.

With spending so much on high end wine, you would think their customer service would be on point and if they had reasonable prices, I’m sure they would have long term customers. Not sure how they remain in business but I will certainly not purchase from here again.

For anyone looking for wine in Spain, definitely check out Vila Viniteca for not only a great selection, but great customer service and great prices.
Written October 30, 2019
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DCarlosAranda
Hello Ryan, we are so sorry about your bad feelings. I want to apologice for the late answer as that week was local festivities and we were closed,as we said to you. We want to thank you for your purchase, we try to make the best not only with the good and expensive purchases but all of them. About the prices, we are not compiting to be the cheapest in every wine. Some of the wines we are cheaper than others, i.e, Vega Sicilia wines, which you also bought, our prices are more competitives that some other webs. But definetely you cannot find the wines that we offer in these wine tasting options in other shop or business, so we try to make special services for special small productions, just special experiences. Even you came to our facilities you didn’t book for the service that you are reviewing, which are private and more complete than the service you had. We have been working more than 20 years, not only selling wines, but also and more important, preserving in perfect conditions old vintages, and creating a personal selection of wines from this region. we hope you enjoy the wines as we are sure the quality will be 100% perfect.
Written November 8, 2019
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RrBbRr
Hooksett, NH581 contributions
Aug 2019
This was a really unique wine tasting under the street in Aranda de Duero. It was very interesting to hear the history of the place and then drink the wine. I did not care for the red wines, but the Cava and the white wine were delicious. They also give you a little snack to teach you about pairing food and wine. It was a great experience overall.
Written August 4, 2019
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LYNN A
Nerja, Spain251 contributions
Jul 2019
Before coming to Aranda de Duero I had no idea that there were 8km of subterranean passageways and bodegas below the city, and just stumbling down uneven stairs to the constant 15º of the bodegas, makes you aware of the onerous and demanding work that went on before the invention of modern methods. The guide gave us a very thorough picture of how the wines were processed since the 14thC and dealt with the subject in a knowlegeable but easily assimilated way. However, the first staircase proved one staircase too many for my husband, so we had to leave before we undertook the second stairway to the wine tasting . Pity !
Written July 8, 2019
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Mary H
Boston, MA18 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
The only problem we had was finding this place! It's a small storefront located on a corner of streets that don't allow cars. Not at all what we expected. Advice: Park in the parking garage and wander through the streets on foot. Once we got there, Christina, our guide, made it a point to ask what we wanted to learn, -- history, culture, local color, or wine. And when we said that all of that interested us, she tailored the tour accordingly. The caves are ancient, hand dug, and were shared by families who used them to make and store wine. There are miles of them, and the story of their creation is fascinating.. Although no longer used for that purpose, they make a great backdrop for wine tasting. Based on our preference for big reds, Christina selected 5 great wines from small production wineries, arranged them by order of intensity, and told us about the wines, the winemakers or families that make them, how the labels were established, and other interesting lore. We had a great time comparing and deciding what was unique about each. Definitely recommend this place. A knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide made it a special event.
Written May 11, 2019
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Boating0804
San Juan, Puerto Rico241 contributions
Dec 2018
We visited this winery last Saturday and was better than what we expected. The historic tour that they gave us was extremely good. The wine tasting and their explanation was excellent. Would recommend this “bodega” to anyone.

Written December 12, 2018
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Steve C
Bemidji, MN22 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We reserved a time to visit and we had a audio guide to tell us about
the history of Aranda and it’s wine cellars. It was very informative. Then we went back to the main room and tasted 3 different red wines from various years. Patricia was our hostess and made our wine tasting experience wonderful. I highly recommend going to Don Carlos.
Written September 19, 2018
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TerryBrandborg
Elkton, Oregon7 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Check out the caves beneath the streets of Aranda, but most important, great source of information about Ribera del Duero, very helpful and knowledgable staff, wine tasting too, can compare wines from different areas of the region, they have maps to the wineries
Written April 4, 2018
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@skiwinecheese
Boulder, CO64 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
I agree with the person who wrote the "uninviting" review. I showed up around 1230 after reviewing operating hours, and when I got there, the guy working there rudely told me a visit would be "impossible." There were no tours going on, but they were prioritizing 7 Spanish speaking clients who were supposedly going to be doing a tour later. There was no "come back later" or anything, just "impossible." Jerk. Hence this place seems hit or miss, as I also read some good reviews, but I'd say may sure this place is your plan B or C and not your primary objective cause they were rude to me and rude to others. Contrast that with Lagar de Isilla just down the block and there really is not point in visiting Don Carlos because the Lagar de Isilla is a fantastic place to visit. The cellars are amazing, the staff are very nice, and the tapas and wine menu are fantastic.
Written March 23, 2018
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